Synonyms for (adjective) delicate

Synonyms: delicate

Definition: exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury

Usage: a delicate violin passage; delicate china; a delicate flavor; the delicate wing of a butterfly

Similar words: dainty, exquisite

Definition: delicately beautiful

Usage: a dainty teacup; an exquisite cameo


Similar words: ethereal, gossamer

Definition: characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy

Usage: this smallest and most ethereal of birds; gossamer shading through his playing


Similar words: fragile

Definition: vulnerably delicate

Usage: she has the fragile beauty of youth


Similar words: light-handed

Definition: having a metaphorically delicate touch

Usage: the translation is...light-handed...and generally unobtrusive- New Yorker


Similar words: overdelicate

Definition: extremely delicate

Usage: an overdelicate digestive system


Similar words: pastel

Definition: lacking in body or vigor

Usage: faded pastel charms of the naive music


Similar words: tender

Definition: (of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition

Usage: tender green shoots


Synonyms: delicate, fragile, frail

Definition: easily broken or damaged or destroyed

Usage: a kite too delicate to fly safely; fragile porcelain plates; fragile old bones; a frail craft

Similar words: breakable

Definition: capable of being broken or damaged

Usage: earthenware pottery is breakable; breakable articles should be packed carefully


Synonyms: delicate, touchy, ticklish

Definition: difficult to handle; requiring great tact

Usage: delicate negotiations with the big powers; hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter; a touchy subject

Similar words: difficult, hard

Definition: not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

Usage: a difficult task; nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access; difficult times; why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?


Synonyms: delicate, finespun

Definition: developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety

Usage: the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense

Similar words: refined

Definition: (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel

Usage: she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship; refined people with refined taste


Synonyms: delicate

Definition: of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely

Usage: almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments

Similar words: sensitive

Definition: responsive to physical stimuli

Usage: a mimosa's leaves are sensitive to touch; a sensitive voltmeter; sensitive skin; sensitive to light


Synonyms: delicate

Definition: marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique

Usage: a surgeon's delicate touch

Similar words: skilled

Definition: having or showing or requiring special skill

Usage: only the most skilled gymnasts make an Olympic team; a skilled surgeon has many years of training and experience; a skilled reconstruction of her damaged elbow; a skilled trade


Synonyms: soft, delicate

Definition: easily hurt

Usage: soft hands; a baby's delicate skin

Similar words: untoughened, tender

Definition: physically untoughened

Usage: tender feet